SBD/April 13, 2011/Media

49ers Fire Radio Analyst Gary Plummer In Part Due To Sex Talk In Racy Interview

Plummer says 49ers were upset with his critical analysis of team
49ers radio analyst Gary Plummer was dropped by the team "just as a very off-color podcast began circulating in which he recounts his former teammates' sex-capades, as well as his own," according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The podcast was "taken from a late-night interview back on Super Bowl Sunday in February on a show called 'Lady Brain' that aired locally on KSJO-FM in San Jose." Plummer during the interview "talked about his own open marriage, how best to give oral sex, and how the 49ers' staff used to line up women for the players." Matier & Ross cited sources as saying that "just days after the interview aired ... Plummer phoned the show's two female hosts and asked them to take down their podcast -- which they reluctantly did." But Internet users "can still find it." Plummer though said the interview is "not the sole reason for the firing." He indicated that his "criticism of how badly the Niners played at times had a lot to do with why the team let him go with a year left on his contract." Plummer: "They talked to me four or five times during the year about being too hard on the team, and they needed to fill the stadium. I don't think that's my job as an analyst. My job is to state the facts." Plummer played four seasons with the 49ers. Matier & Ross noted Plummer was replaced by Eric Davis, "another former 49er who has worked for Comcast and in other broadcasting jobs since retiring" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/13). In San Jose, Daniel Brown reports Plummer confirmed that the 49ers "cited the racy interview as the reason for his dismissal -- but he said he isn't buying it." Plummer: "It was a convenient excuse to get rid of somebody who told the truth." The 49ers have "dismissed the suggestion that they fired Plummer for his on-air assessments, noting that he had been just as blunt in prior seasons and was always welcomed back." Brown notes posted the Plummer interview yesterday (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/13).
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